Christmas Wreath Charcuterie Cheese Board

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How lovely is this CharcuterWREATH?! It’s the slightly more elegant, worldly sister to my CharcuterTREE board. This wreath is delicious and such a great holiday appetizer for easy entertaining. You can make it in any size (single serving anyone!?) and change up the ingredients to suit your favorites. 

I chose to go with Italian flavors to make it a nice antipasto dish. Of course Brie isn’t very Italian, but I couldn’t resist using Trader Joe’s brie bites because they add a really nice base to help shape the wreath. Serve this one up and see how long it lasts! For other Christmas boards, check out and my Charcuterie Chalet. In fact, you can search all holiday board ideas by section on this site; check out the Christmas section of the blog for all of the ideas. And, for a non-holiday version of antipasti, make my Italian Antipasti Platter.

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How To Build a Charcuterie Holiday Wreath

  • First prep your hard cheeses by cutting them into cubes.
  • Make these adorable salami rosettes, secure them with rosemary for a festive touch. (Full tutorial in this Rose Bouquet post!)
  • Using round edges of your dinner platter or round board as a guide, place the larger cheese pieces in a circle. In addition to the hard cheese, I also used the cutest brie bites (i.e. a soft cheese) from Trader Joe’s. If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s, you could easily sub in Babybel Cheese (as a round hard cheese option).
  • Evenly distribute your beautiful salami roses between the cheeses. 
  • Sprinkle in any remaining ingredients like olives, pepperoncinis, and peppadews around the meat and cheese. 
  • Add your favorite crackers in baskets or around the dinner plate. You might not want many of the crackers to be in the actual wreath design. Plus, having them off to the side will only enhance the design of the red, green, and white wreath. 
  • Add a few more sprigs of rosemary for extra garnish. 
  • For this board I made sure to have toothpicks around the board. The ingredients (wet mozzarella and briny olives) don’t lend themselves to being picked up with fingers quite as much as berries and cheese. These are my favorite fancy toothpicks from Simply Baked.
  • Serve and enjoy!
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Video How-To

If you’re looking for a play-by-play of how to put this together, check out this instagram reel I made for the Charcuterie Wreath with a step-by-step.

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What Are Those Adorable Mozzarella Balls?

I love adding fresh mozzarella to my boards. It’s so easy to eat, and pairs well with a variety of vegetables and fruit. Of course it also goes so well on any bread or crackers (drizzle a bit of balsamic on it and I’m in heaven!). Its mild flavor is great next to briny, spicy, or really flavorful ingredients like pickles and olives.  

Fresh mozzarella is sold in several different sizes. All types are most often sold in tubs with their whey (the liquid that it looks like the mozzarella is swimming in). 

  • Mozzarella balls. These are the ones you’ve definitely seen in stores. They are about the size of a small orange. If I use these on a board, I’m more likely to slice the balls into smaller pieces so they’re easier for guests to just take and eat.  
  • Bocconcini balls. This size is slightly smaller than regular ones. They are about the size of an egg. This is the size I used on this wreath board
  • Ciliegine balls. These are the smallest mozzarella size. They are about the size of a cherry. A bit harder to find in the States, these are likely found on the end of a toothpick skewer. 
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Antipasti! Antipasto! Antipasta!

What do Italians serve before their main pasta entree? Exactly, it trips me up every time. Antipasto is the singular, and antipasti means multiple portions. And antipasta is actually not an Italian word. The more you know! 

The simplest definition of antipasti is what’s eaten “before pasta”. It’s the Italian version of the French charcuterie dish. Although a charcuterie spread more traditionally has no cheese and a wider variety of ingredients. 

Other traditional antipasto ingredients, should you choose to really push the Italian theme further: 

  • Anchovies
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Mushrooms (marinated or in oil and vinegar) 
  • Cured meats like prosciutto, parma ham, or speck 
  • Pickled vegetables (like giardiniera) 
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Show Me Your Charcuterie Wreaths

Nothing makes me happier than seeing you create beautiful boards from my tips. If you make a spread inspired by this post, please tag me at @ainttoooproudtomeg so I can see and share! 

And, If you liked this board please rate, and review.

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Christmas Wreath Charcuterie Cheese Board 5

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Make this beautiful wreath appetizer for the holidays. This mozzarella ball caprese wreath is so easy to make, the best Christmas wreath recipe yet!
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93 Comments

  1. Julianne wrote:

    5 stars
    This is on my to make list for Christmas Eve appetizer and I’ll definitely be following your salami rose tutorial!

    Posted 12.17.20 Reply
  2. Janelle wrote:

    I need to make this for girls night, it’s simply beautiful.

    Posted 12.17.20 Reply
  3. Danielle Campbell wrote:

    5 stars
    Can’t wait to make one of these!!

    Posted 12.20.20 Reply
  4. Kellie wrote:

    5 stars
    I just took your class last night with my friend and we had a blast building a board! I am adding this wreath board to my Christmas Day Menu!

    Posted 12.20.20 Reply
  5. Gina Tiedemann wrote:

    5 stars
    I love this board and will be making it for Christmas Eve. Can’t wait! Thanks for all your wonderful ideas and all the “how to” explanations, shopping tips, etc. so very helpful!

    Posted 12.20.20 Reply
  6. Jody wrote:

    5 stars
    I love the chunkier pieces on this board, they bring such great dimension to the wreath!

    Posted 12.20.20 Reply
  7. Alicia wrote:

    5 stars
    Love this board. Great instructions on the salami rosettes, so easy to make and look amazing.

    Posted 12.20.20 Reply
  8. Vicki wrote:

    5 stars
    Very festive. Thank you for sharing the how to on this beautiful wreath.

    Posted 12.20.20 Reply
  9. Fran farrell wrote:

    5 stars
    Very easy to make , it great for a small gathering

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  10. Kendra wrote:

    5 stars
    beautiful! definitely going to making this one

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  11. Stephanie Dibble wrote:

    5 stars
    Love all of your boards! So many ideas for me! Thank you!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  12. Lisa wrote:

    5 stars
    I definitely want to make this board!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  13. Danielle wrote:

    So festive!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  14. Leah Hill wrote:

    5 stars
    Love everything about this! The shape, the salami roses, the rosemary – too cute!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  15. Anh wrote:

    5 stars
    This wreath is absolutely amazing and so pretty! I hope to make this someday! Genius! ????

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  16. Maria Salazar wrote:

    5 stars
    This Christmas Wreath is so cute!! I also like the Christmas Dessert Board and the Christmas Tree Charcuterie too many to only like one, hard to decide which one to make or maybe all ????

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
    • Faylen wrote:

      5 stars
      So many great, fresh ideas. Love your work it inspires me to make my food more beautiful

      Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  17. Kait Hanson wrote:

    5 stars
    I have never seen a board from Meg that wasn’t INSANELY amazing! This is no exception ????

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
    • Meg Quinn (Ain't Too Proud To Meg) wrote:

      thank you so much!!

      Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  18. Robyn wrote:

    5 stars
    So cute! I will definitely be trying this for Christmas!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  19. Marina wrote:

    5 stars
    The most creative and easy to follow recipe for a charcuterie board. Absolutely stunning!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  20. Stephanie wrote:

    5 stars
    Amazing idea. Simple and perfect for a small gathering.

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  21. Rebeca wrote:

    5 stars
    I’m in love with this wreath! I’m so glad I found you on Instagram!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  22. Staci wrote:

    5 stars
    Love the recipes. Planning to make one for Christmas.

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  23. Bethany wrote:

    5 stars
    This looks amazing – making for the holiday

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  24. Lori Piccione wrote:

    5 stars
    Love this!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  25. Kendall wrote:

    5 stars
    So cute and easy! Love this recipe.

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  26. Maureen Esalomi wrote:

    5 stars
    So beautiful! Love it!!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  27. Emily wrote:

    5 stars
    This wreath board is too stinking cute. I’m hoping it’s safe enough next holiday season to make for an olive-obsessed friend! Happy holidays!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
    • Meg Quinn (Ain't Too Proud To Meg) wrote:

      I have a good feeling about next year! I think your friend will love it!

      Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  28. Claire wrote:

    5 stars
    This is beautiful!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  29. Kathleen wrote:

    5 stars
    Thought this was a great new alternative to the traditional set up and love the shopping list!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  30. Brittany Wheeler wrote:

    5 stars
    Love this! Meg’s instructions are always easy to follow and boards turn out amazing. Can’t wait to do this for Christmas Day!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  31. Micaela wrote:

    5 stars
    Love this style! Perfect for Christmas and so easy!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  32. Marie wrote:

    5 stars
    This is BEAUTIFUL!! Can’t wait to make one!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  33. Bo wrote:

    5 stars
    This is so beautiful! This will be on my holiday dish list! 🙂

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  34. Meghan Frommer wrote:

    5 stars
    Love this idea (wreath so the middle is empty) for smaller gatherings! Shows off the food and the board ????

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  35. Kara wrote:

    5 stars
    Love this! Definitely attempting this on Christmas Eve ????

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  36. Crissy wrote:

    Love these ideas! I’m excited to try this one. I made a 2020 white chocolate board last year-so fun!!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  37. Kristen M wrote:

    5 stars
    I appreciate the simplicity of this board in that there are not an overwhelming number of items to purchase. The colors are striking!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  38. Jamie Anderson wrote:

    5 stars
    Just beautiful and simple. Crowd pleaser.

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  39. Faylen wrote:

    5 stars
    So many great, fresh ideas. Love your work it inspires me to make my food more beautiful

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  40. Ashley Stafford wrote:

    5 stars